Year 11 Art students in for upcoming staff day

On Friday 8th March we have a Staff day planned. This means that year 11 students will miss their usual 2 hour GCSE Art session where they would be completing important preparation work for their upcoming exam.

In order to minimise the time lost and to allow students to prepare fully for their exam piece, we are asking that

year 11 students at XP East attend school on Friday 8th March from 9am-11am.

year 11 students at XP attend school on Friday 8th March from 11am-1pm.

They will work in their normal Art classroom with their teacher, Miss Taylor or Mr. Doyle.

C27 Smashing Their Walkthrough English Mock

Both X27 and E27 completed their first walkthrough English Language Component 2 reading section last week. They all put in a huge amount of effort and showed maturity and resilience throughout.

We were so impressed with the positive way that they completed the work. There wasn’t a single student who didn’t give it a go.

The questions that lots of students asked showed how motivated they are to do well.

We are really proud of you! From everyone in Team English

E26 Working Hard and Getting Smart in English

X26 spent time on Friday learning about what to expect in an English Language GCSE exam. Pupils have been focussing on English Literature skills recently, so this was a great opportunity to revisit some of the work on non-fiction from before Christmas. 

As this was a Component 2 Reading Section walk through mock, pupils initially had to read one text and find key pieces of information quickly. Some pupils find it stressful to work to a tightly controlled time limit so this was a valuable experience to get a real idea of how the timings will work in their GCSEs. 

Next, pupils conducted close reading and analysis to find examples of how the writer presented snow positively. Many pupils were pleasantly surprised at the simplicity of writing their responses using the scaffolding provided by the teacher. It was great to hear so many pupils asking how to access the highest marks and the top bands. Many were trying to find nine or more quotations to use in their answer, despite only having fifteen minutes to write it! 

Well done to X26, your effort and focus on this task were a credit to you. Both Mrs Desborough and Mrs Cross are very proud of you!